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Minnow Bucket Luminaries

By: Diy maven May 12, 2008

created on: 05/12/08

I was going through some old decor/craft books recently, and spotted this clever idea of using old minnow buckets as luminaries. Great for those warm summer nights on the patio!

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Rock Beats Dirt, Scissors. Paper Undefeated.

By: Lilybee May 10, 2008

Last year I managed to perpetrate The Houseplant Apocalypse. Our living room was littered with plant corpses, it was pretty gruesome. Now I have New Plants, and in the manner of abusive plant owners everywhere I have promised them that this time things will be… Continue Reading

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Upgrade Your Workshop with Custom Pegboard Tool Hangers.

By: Chrisjob May 10, 2008

Some aluminum mending plates and a hacksaw and drill are all you need make a home for any (reasonably weighted) tool on your pegboard wall. Check out these ideas from Popular Mechanics to create custom hangers for your specific tools.

  • Ball-peen or framing hammers
  • A series of screwdrivers
  • Long, thin tools
  • Myriad pliers, cutters, and snips


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Stained Glass Lava Lamp.

By: Chrisjob May 10, 2008

This Tiffany-esque lava lamp takes the standard shape and twists it with a bit of deco stained glass. The built in lava shapes highlight its tongue-in-cheekness, just in case you didn't get it the first time. Via.

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Scrap Happy: More than 100 things to do with Fabric Remnants and Scraps.

By: Chrisjob May 10, 2008

If you work with fabric at all, you've got an ever growing collection of leftovers in your craft space, just lying there with their frayed edges, waiting to be called upon for some new cleverness.

For a little inspiration, here's more than one-hundred ideas to give them new purpose.

    Scrap Happy Vol. I

    Scrap Happy Vol. II

Ideas include:

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Retro Modern Step Ladders

By: Diy maven May 09, 2008

Calling these designs from Retro Modern step ladders doesn’t do them justice. Oh sure, they’re beautiful, but they're no Little Giants.

The Upper Folding Step Ladder, available in citron yellow, cobalt, crystal clear and orange red, measures 18" x 23" x 24" and will set you back $380.

Flow Step Ladder is make of anodized aluminum, is available in anthracite and orange, measures 19.75" x 4" deep x 36.5" high when closed and… Continue Reading

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20 Ways to Boost Your Curb-ly Appeal

By: Diy maven May 09, 2008

BHG has a list of 20 great ways to boost your curb appeal. They’ve even catagorized them into projects that can be accomplished in a day, week or even month.

In a day:

  1. Create a symmetrical entryway by adding sidelights and containers filled with flowers.
  2. Replace old hardware like house numbers and lockset.
  3. Punch up your front door with a fresh coat of colorful paint and polish the door fixtures.
  4. Replace your mailbox… Continue Reading
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The Worst of Craigslist: D-Listed Decor.

By: Chrisjob May 08, 2008

It's Design within Retch: D-Listed Decor highlights the very and most awfulness of Craigslist's home decor offerings.

There's nothing more to share: just look at it, and be thankful for the internet, by which everyone can share a part of their lives.


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Free Sewing Classes This Saturday, May 10th (at a Singer dealer near you)!

By: Chrisjob May 08, 2008

Click here to find you're local Singer shop, and reserve your space for FREE sewing and fabric classes this Saturday, May 10th. The class features a project from someone named Martha Stewart and highlights the new Singer Curvy sewing machine.


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How To: Sew a Fabric Tissue Cozy.

By: Chrisjob May 08, 2008

Nicole Vaughn whipped up this easy how-to and pattern for a fabric tissue cozy. Great for anyone with allergies, kids, or just a nose.


  • Fabric for the inside
  • Cordinating fabric for the outside
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Cardboard for pattern
  • Sissors

First, create a rectangular pattern, 6x7", and cut it out of your fabric. Then copy it onto the outside fabric, adding a bit to each side. Add some… Continue Reading

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